- mid-16th century
- French, Saint-Porchaire or Paris
- Lead-glazed earthenware (white pottery)
- 5-3/4 x 8 in. (14.6 x 20.3 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
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The shape suggests a chafing dish (réchaud in French). Food was kept warm in a separate receptacle placed atop the basin, which would have been filled with water heated by a brazier stored in the pedestal. However, the fragility of the Museum’s basin indicates that it served a purely decorative purpose. The purple-andgreen pillars and the large-scale floral motifs on a brown ground are unique to this piece.